I personally like the fall and early winter season. In terms of dressing up those are actually my favorites. Although my personal is quite same no matter the season, there are naturally differences between fabrics, textures and colors that varies seasonally. So as the fall is here it is good to take a quick look into autumnal business outfits.
I've been busy with work which is the reason there haven't been any new posts for the last couple of weeks. But I thought that I could share a few outfits from the past weeks to give you some seasonal inspiration. I try to keep up posting on instagram and on ig-stories, so from there you will find updated content on daily basis. And I have few articles coming up during the next couple of weeks. So keep an eye on them as well.
Autumnal business outfits - Brown herringbone suit with blue pin dot tie
The first one is from a couple of weeks back. Not very seasonal in a way that the colors and pieces are pretty much the same that I could wear during almost any season of the year. But I have noticed that now as fall has come, I tend to wear this brown herringbone wool suit at least once a week. And later in the fall I will also wear it with the waistcoat it features. At the moment it is still too warm to do that.
This one is a simple business outfit. Brown suit, white shirt, blue pin dot tie and a white pocket square. So I just let the pictures do the talking. And if you want to read more about the suit, check the link above. Or my earlier post about suits for four seasons.
Barbour Bedale SL with a blue business suit
One of the aspects I like about fall and winter here in Finland is the fact that you can play with different kind of overcoats. But even though the temperate drops, it is still too warm to wear any heavier wool or casentino overcoats for example. However the early fall season is a perfect time to wear jackets like the Barbour Bedale. This kind of waxed cotton jackets also protects you from the rain for example.
In principle, the Bedale SL as most of Barbour jackets is essentially casual. Some might say it is at its best when combined with denim, chunky knitwear and more robust footwear. But if you go and google you can find multiple examples where the jacket is combined with more dressed-up garments such as sport coat and cotton slacks or even with a suit. And here I give you one more.
As everyone I personally have some favorite combinations. Pieces you like to wear together. My olive green bedale SL jacket with the printed orange silk-wool scarf by Drake's is one of them. Scarves are actually pieces you can easily bring color and contrast even to your business outfits. And if you need to tone down the attire, you can just take off the scarf. And the same basically applies to any outerwear. Because you are likely never to wear your overcoat for a business meeting, you can wear for example even a red casentino coat over your restrained gray flannel suit. If you happen to like that.
Chalk striped suit and floral print
I have said it before. In terms of business suits stripes are one the most accepted patterns. Wearing a pin stripe or chalk stripe suit, particularly blue, can showcase a very traditional look. But you can also make chalk stripes to be very fresh, restrained and modern. This Tagliatore suit is one of ready-to-wear suits that I regularly wear in my rotation. The rise of the trousers is a bit low but the fit of the jacket is perfect for me. Actully if I remember correct, the only alteration made to the jacket was to shorten the sleeves.
If you think about seasonal colors, burgundy is one of those that says fall and autumn. One of the reasons is that for example the tree leaves are changing their color and you can see shades of red and even burgundy out in the nature. Here you can see the same shades in the accessories. And burgundy also works nicely with different shades of blue and gray.
Nowadays I don't really like match my socks to my accessories. But in this case I made an exception. Actually I think that burgundy is one of the only colors I do that. Burgundy is also the only color I use in my socks in addition to blue, brown and black. I know there are people who say that wear colorful socks. And that it is a good way to personalize your outfit. Unless you are Michael Drake or Ignatious Joseph, I recommend to consider that idea at least a couple of times before executing it.
Blue suit with gray wool tie
The last one is an outfit which I call as a DLA uniform. A classic blue suit, the DLA gray wool tie, white DLA oxford shirt and the DLA white linen pocket square. This is actually an outfit I feel the most comfortable in. It is simple, it is clean and it works. Every time.
A while ago there was a good point that someone pointed out at the tyylit.fi-forum. Basically the question was that would some regular people around the offices in the world really know the difference between this kind of outfit I wear here and the suits, shirts or ties you see people wearing every day. Is a suit always just a suit or is the really a difference you be a aware of and notice between the made-to-measure or bespoke suits and the suits you can find from Dressmann, Zara or any other comparable shop for example. I hope there is. And I hope that this kind of awareness about fit issues and quality will keep on spreading. But as this question in my opinion requires and earns more attention, I will come up with an individual post about this soon in the future.
Do you have some favorite autumnal business outfits?